Seemingly unusually-warm, at least to me, this Sunday afternoon on California’s north coast — just a bit earlier, taking my daughter’s dog for her afternoon constitutional also carried a sense of close-to-hot.
On a news surf just now, the Guardian‘s front page gave my shoreline-spot temperature as 83-degrees.
I figured no-freaking-way.
According to the Eureka NWS, yes indeed, we were in the 80s — my other weather guide, Dr. Jeff Masters’ WunderBlog, was slightly lower (though, usually the exact opposite) at 76-dgrees, with a high today of 77.
Meanwhile, on the US eastern seaboard “phenomenal” warm-water rains — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, without hyperbole: ‘“We are at a 1,000-year level of rain. That’s how big this is.”‘
(Illustration found here).
Actually, this record rainfall-storm has a ‘…1-in-1,000 chance of happening in any given year, explained CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward,’ not necessarily every 1,000 years, yet the event is still near-unprecedented in its scope.
All this water as Hurricane Joaquin moves away from the US coastline.
Just a moist reminder of the ‘new normal — as explained at Slate on Friday:
How can this happen, with the hurricane so far away?
Think of Joaquin as a giant tropical fountain: It’s been spinning near the Bahamas for most of the last two days, with winds greater than 100 mph turning the ocean into a blanket of sea spray that’s being sucked upwards by intense thunderstorm updrafts.
All that water is entering a low-level jet stream pointed squarely at the southeast U.S. — a weather pattern that’s being enhanced by strong Canadian high pressure.
The result is an atmosphere over the Southeast that’s saturated all the way up to the stratosphere: A perfect recipe for historic rainfall and flooding.
Since warmer air can hold more water vapor than cooler air, this is exactly the sort of thing we can expect to see more of as climate change intensifies.
It’s also a trend that’s been widely observed to be already occurring across the entire country.
In 2013, a similar thousand-year rainstorm devastated parts of the Front Range of Colorado, though a different meteorological setup was to blame.
Undeniable and naturally-influenced by human civilization. Climate change is worldwide, and it’s local, as we’re all governed by ‘a different meteorological setup,’ attuned to wherever location.
In my locality, the environment is highly imprinted by the Pacific Ocean — on a small strip of land, behind the noted ‘Redwood Curtain,’ though, probably much-less of a curtain nowadays, and between the ocean and the coastal mountains, the Klamath-Siskiyou, and some of the South Fork range, we are at the mercy of the winds.
A note which allows the weather to change real-quick — from a foggy-chill to being way-overdressed in literal minutes.
Just of a place…